Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Age Ain't Nothing But a Number.....


Aaliyah was correct when she first came out with this hit. (Oh how I miss her so) Age ain't  not nothing but a number. I have received a ton of request from prospective members asking what is the "AGE LIMIT" of joining an a BGLO. Truth be told, there isn't an age limit.

UNDERGRAD- A friend of my older sister joined Alpha Kappa Alpha her sophomore year in college. Mind you she went to college at age 16, so when she became a member of AKA, she was only 17 years old. Some felt she was too young, but it's all a matter of opinion. On the flip side, I had stated before that when I joined my respected organization, one my ships (line sisters) was in her 30s. My point is, you are never too old, or too young to join an organization. Now there may be some challenges if you want to join being older at the undergrad level. For example, some people can't handle being around, people younger than them. Imagine joining a BGLO with a bunch of 18, 19, and 20-year-olds? And you are in well in your 30s? Some of the complaints you may hear going through your process may seem stupid, frivolous, and dumb. TO YOU THAT IS! Remember you were once their age. So breaking up with boyfriends, or having a fight with a roommate, or a parent may seem small to you, but it's EVERYTHING to them.  If you find out you can't deal with their growing problems, then maybe you should hold off joining an organization until graduate chapter.

People wanting to join at undergrad level that are in their late 20's 30's and 40's are becoming more and more common now, simply because people are going back to school in their later years. So don't allow your age to deter you from joining, as long as you have an understanding that the people you will be pledging with could be a decade or so younger than you. As long as that doesn't bother you, then you should be ok.

GRAD- I think the oldest person I have seen that pledge an alum chapter was a gentleman that was well in his 60's. So at this level, age doesn't matter.

I hope this answers your questions and puts your mind at ease.

Until Next Time,

CIAO!

 V


10 comments:

  1. I would really like to know your thoughts on the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, inc. MIP moratorium, or moratoriums in general, and what does it mean for those that are interested in membership (besides the obvious).

    Thanks

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    1. Any prospective member that wants to join an org that is currently in a moratorium will have to wait until the period is over. In the meantime, just keep your grades up, and get involved.

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  2. I would really like to know your thoughts on the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, inc. MIP moratorium, or moratoriums in general, and what does it mean for those that are interested in membership (besides the obvious).

    Thanks

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  3. I was just thinking about this. I'm in my mid twenties and just starting undergrad and thinking about joining. Definitely needed to see this so thank you very much!

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    1. If you are thinking of joining you might want to take your picture down when you post to things like this. (Just a thought not trying to be rude)

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  4. I Love that I read this as a 31 year old who has always wanted to be a greek i find this encouraging and uplifting to know that my opportunity has been shut out by age #livingmybucketlist

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  5. I needed to see this, I'm in my late twenties and I wasn't sure if I should join at the undergraduate level simply because of my age.

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  6. Hi, I am a transfer student starting in the Fall at Salisbury University. Pledging is something that I've always wanted to do but you can't exactly do that at a community College. When do you think is the best time for me to pledge. I am very interested in Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., in that respective order.

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  7. I'm happy to see this. I'm a 22 year old woman who's recently graduated college and now wants to join a graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha. I'm pretty intimidated by the fact that other women who would also like to join the particular chapter I am in are over 10+ years older than me. So far, I have met people around my age, but they are like 2+ years older.

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  8. I'm soooo glad to read this, I am 41 yrs old and Alpha kappa Alpha has always been my sorority of choice!! My eldest (step) daughter became a ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA, n I was so very proud of her choice she made. But, I was proud that I help guide her to the best sorority I love so much!! I just pray I can cross the burning sand before my time in this earth expires.. be blessed n shoot for ALL UR DREAMS AND AMBITIONS!! Love u all

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